We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.Ellen Goodman
There is so much to unpack about that quote and it’s one that has resonated with me as I reflect about this year. 2019 was a year filled with delights like travel, connecting with old friends, and moving to our new home. There were resounding moments of growth as we navigated Greyson’s diagnosis and everything that comes with that new sense of normal. We faced with unbelievable challenge, disappointment, and yet, abounding grace all at the same time. Through our growing faith as did our collective strength and, as I type this, I’m thankful for a year that’s pushed me towards a better version of myself.
As we begin to wind down our year and look ahead to 2020, here are my top moments from 2019 that will forever be a reminder of where we’ve been and what we have so much to look forward to!
Christmas at Magnolia Market
Okay, so technically this was in December of last year but I’m including it because visiting Magnolia Market and the Silos had been on my bucket list for years. I’m so thankful we took a little overnight trip to Waco when visiting with my in-laws for Christmas in Texas. You can read more about our experience here!
A birthday at Disneyland
This year for Greyson’s 3rd birthday we made plans to have his grandparents fly out and spend the weekend at Disneyland! We spent some time thinking about how to celebrate (since we typically always plan a themed party); knowing that we moved to San Diego and were away from friends and family. Grey had become more and more enthralled by Mickey Mouse on the Disney Channel as well as having watched a number of the popular movies like Moana. So, Disneyland it was!
This would be a first for all of us and we knew Grey would have a blast! Since our trip we’ve all gained a new appreciation for everything Disney and now understand why families work so hard to make these experiences happen. We all can’t wait to make it again to Disneyland or even set eyes upon a Disney cruise!
Saying goodbye and hello.
When we first moved to San Diego I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite jobs and coworkers and enter, once again, into unemployment as we got settled in our new city. I searched and searched and eventually found a temporary teaching position at a local school district (because moving quickly in September minimizes your teaching opportunities). Although it was a job that tested me in more ways than one, I ended up with the experience needed for what would become the next teaching opportunity (and walked away with some pretty fabulous new friendships!).
It just so happened that over the summer, as we were looking for a new school for Greyson, I stumbled upon a French-American school that offered programs for preschool through middle school. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for Grey to be immersed in the French language, the culture, and provide him with a new learning environment. Out of curiosity, I checked to see if they were hiring and it turns our they were!
Even though I’m only still within the first half of the year – I absolutely LOVE my job. It’s everything I’ve always wanted while expanding my own teaching pedagogy (and knowledge of the French language) in the process.
Are you a fellow teacher? Catch up with me and my classroom over at Little Fox Teaching!
The Daniels Take the Coast
One of my dearest friends got married this past summer and it gave us the wonderful opportunity to make it a road trip as a family! Our destination was Carmel, Ca, a beautiful coastal town near Monterrey, and like all other trips the hubs took to coordinating hotels and food stops along the way. It was such a fun week and you can read all about our trip with part one and part two!
One of the biggest things we were looking forward to at the beginning of fall was moving out from downtown San Diego to a more quiet neighborhood in La Jolla. Like any move, it was a big transition but one we’re so thankful for. We’ve finally found a space where we can grow as a family and enjoy the little things without the hustle that comes with downtown living. Plus, my commute is 15 minutes to and from work and I’m #livingmybestlife!
Day-trippin’ in SD
Thinking about visiting San Diego? Got kids? Here’s a list of my favorite things to do in the area that are kid-friendly!
The Daniels Take Boston
For the last year or so my husband had been planning a trip to Boston and Salem and this year we made it happen. Greyson really grew to love Halloween this year (pumpkins, skeletons, Nightmare Before Christmas…the whole nine) and being able to take him to Salem was a lot of fun for us as a family. Major props to the hubs for coordinating and taking care of the logistics of our trip because I really felt we were able to experience a lot while we were there!
You can read all about our trip to Boston, Salem, and Martha’s Vineyard here!
Love to travel? Read about all of our travels (plus tips and tricks!) here!
Although Greyson’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis this October could have been something that would bring us to our knees, it actually became a pivotal moment in our story as Greyson’s parents. The months after Grey turned three, we began noticing certain behaviors – some we figured were just him “acting his age” and others that became alarming in regards to his development.
Now on the other side of things, I’m so thankful of the team of teachers, doctors, friends and family who have been so supportive during such an unfamiliar and challenging time for us. Since understanding more about his condition, we’ve enrolled him in services, got him an IEP, and have seen such a difference in him! You can read all about the steps we took and how we’ve adapted to meet Greyson’s needs these first few months.
I got my Mini back
If there were ever a car that I feel is my spirit animal a Mini would be the one. I’ve always loved Mini Coopers and when I first started teaching and earning my first real paycheck I bought a two-seater Roadster. It was something I gifted to myself and once I was inducted into the Mini family I couldn’t imagine driving anything else. But, flash forward a few years and we were beginning to plan for a baby I knew it was time to trade her in for something a little more family-friendly.
Although I loved our other car, I couldn’t help but wonder how I could, once again, be a Mini owner. There were no other cars that made me feel as connected as I did with my Mini and knew we had to find a way. With Grey being older (and his car seat getting less cumbersome) the hubs found our unicorn. It was everything we needed in a family car but in a pint sized package – our Mini Countryman completed our family.
I launched Little Fox blog
This year has equally been one of the hardest and most evolutionary for me as a mom and personally. With that being said, I felt it was the right time to dust off the dust of my old blog, begin anew, and once more step into the foray of blogging – this time as Little Fox blog.
In the years prior to launching, I created Little Fox Lettering Co and rebranded my teaching blog, aptly titled Little Fox Teaching, to fit into the scope of the budding brand I was slowly building. I wanted this collective to be a creative space that embodied the areas that I’ve dedicated myself to both as a mom, wife, teacher, and creative.
We’re ending 2019 with hopeful hearts and a desire to make 2020 ours. We’ve begun a commitment to pay off our debts and have even started conversations and considerations about a second baby! We’ll see what 2020 brings for us – I just wish all of you a very exciting New Years and a bright year ahead!